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Pumpkin Patterns (with video)

Halloween is in our midst and so is fall. That means that there are pumpkins everywhere!

Learning with pumpkins can be so much fun. Here is a simple way to teach your child to to teach advanced patterning skills using pumpkins.


Materials Needed:

* Three pumpkins - One Big Pumpkin (or more) and Two Small Pumpkins (or More)
* Measuring Tape
* One Marker (any color)
* One Piece of paper (any color)


(See Video for demonstration.)

Step 1: Help your child place the pumpkins in a pattern (Little, Big, Little, Big....) with all of the pumpkins that you have.

Step 2: Ask your child to pick two numbers between 1 and 12.

Step 3: Use scissors to cut the piece of paper into four equal pieces of paper.

Step 4: Write one of the numbers your child chose in step 2 on 2 of the pieces of paper.

Step 5: Write the other number your child chose in step 2 on the other 2 pieces of paper.

Step 6: Ask your child to identify one of the numbers on the piece of paper.

Step 7: Ask your child to use the measuring tape to measure the number from step 6 (in inches) from a wall to the first pumpkin.

Step 8: Ask your child to identify the second number that they chose in step 2.

Step 9: Repeat step 7, using the number identified in step 8, measuring the distance between the first pumpkin and the second pumpkin.

Step 10: Repeat steps 6 through 9 with the rest of your pumpkins, patterning between the size of the pumpkin and the space between each pumpkin. See video below for examples.

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